North Nibley is a parish and village on the edge of the Cotswolds, located close to the river Severn between Bristol and Gloucester. Its name means a farm or settlement on a hilltop. The village is famously associated with William Tyndale who translated much of the Bible into English. In North Nibley we are fortunate to live in a unspoiled setting, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an unusual parish in that almost half of the households live outside the central nucleus of the village, across a number of separate hamlets.
The Monument is CLOSED until further notice. Visitors to Nibley Knoll are requested to observe social distancing rules. The track up to the Knoll from the village (Wood Lane) is narrow and it is difficult to maintain the required 2 metre separation from other walkers, cyclists and horse riders. No motorised vehicles are allowed up the track or on the hill. Motorcyclsts contravening this rule should be reported to the Police.
Recently there has been an incident of vandalism by mindless hooligans. £4,000 has been raised by public donation for repairs.
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Following advice from Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC), National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) to STOP holding any physical meetings or gatherings during this time.
The North Nibley Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 6th April at 7pm in the Village Hall
This is an opportunity to discuss any issues relating to the village and parish.
Parish, District and County Councillors will be in attendance.
The parish of North Nibley was the scene of the last battle fought in England between private armies. The main protaganists were Thomas, Lord Lisle and William, Lord Berkeley with combined forces in excess of 1,000 men. The battle took place on 20th March 1470* at Nibley Green.
* There is often confusion over dates before 1752 when the official start of year changed from 25 March (Lady Day) to 1st January thereby changing January, February and March from the end of the year (in this case 1469) to the start of the next year. So the date of the Battle of Nibley Green is usually written 20 March 1469/70. 1762 is also the time when England changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian 'losing' eleven days in September.
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The popular village of North Nibley sits between the Severn Vale and Cotswold Escarpment, with the tower of the Tyndale Monument on the hillside above - a well-known landmark that can be seen for miles around. The village has a parish church, primary school, chapel, the Black Horse Inn and the New Inn at Waterley Bottom. It is also home to the very popular annual music festival. There are good links to the A38 and M5 combined with convenient access to the market town of Wotton-under-Edge which delivers all the essential everyday facilities, a cinema and schooling. In the opposite direction lies the market town of Dursley which also has a range of independent shops and supermarkets along with good schools and entertainment. The M5 junction 14 is approximately 5 miles away and offers commutability to the city of Bristol with Junction 13 approximately 9 miles away providing links to Cheltenham. Cam and Dursley railway station is 5 miles away and gives good links south to Bristol Parkway and London Paddington. To the north is Gloucester and and onwards to Birmingham.
The Community Hub opened its doors in the old closed Village Shop in October 2019 and now offers a small Shop, Information Point and Coffee Shop from Thursdays to Sunday from 9:30am until 4:30pm. Muddy boots and well-behaved dogs are welcome, and T & Cakes at The Hub is rapidly becoming a popular pitstop for walkers, cyclists and riders, being only a 100 metres diversion from the Cotswold Way, offering quality coffees and teas and delicious homemade cakes Thursday to Sunday plus cream teas at weekends.
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You may have noticed roadworks being carried out in and around North Nibley. This is the first stage of bringing Fibre To the premises (FTTP) to North Nibley homes and businesses. Contractors are currently installing ducting under verges and under the roads. The ducting will enable Gigaclear to install optical fibre to points near each property. This installation is being carried out for FasterShire and has missed its August 2020 deadline. When the network has been tested, residents will be able to request a connection and take out a contract from Gigaclear approved Internet providers giving speeds of 30Mbps, 300Mbps or 900Mbps. Note that this speed is for download and upload whereas FTTC provided by Openreach gives an average of 13MBps download and 2Mbps upload.
27th February 2020 - Today technicians were installing fibre near the Jubilee Tree.
The Mobile Post Office will be by the Black Horse on Fridays between 15:15 and 16:15 from 13th September 2019. (if there is no space then it will be outside the Village Hall.)
It has a surprising number of activities for a small village, centred around the village hall, the chapel and Nibley House. Pre School meets Monday mornings and all day Tuesday to Friday during term time in the village hall. There are a number of good schools locally including the highly regarded Katherine Lady Berkeley's School. The village has cricket and football teams which play on a recreation field which must be one of the most beautiful settings for a sports field in Britain. It is equipped with a modern pavilion. The sports field is also enjoyed by the children from the adjacent primary school.
There are several businesses in the area providing a variety of services from accountancy to Zumba.
It is a popular destination for mountain bikers and walkers with the Cotswold Way passing through the centre of the village.